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08:00 – 09:20      Registration and coffee

09:20 – 09:25      Conference Opens

09:30 - 09:40       Opening Remarks: The 683rd  Lord Mayor of London, Sir Michael Bear

09:40 – 09:55      Opening Remarks by Conference Chair -  Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen

10:00 – 10:45      Towards a new Economic Union – A Twenty First Century Hanseatic League

For over 400 years the Hansa States  traded with each other in what could loosely be described as an early version of the European Union, without a common currency. As the future European financial landscape looks increasingly fragmented, does the Hanseatic league offer any lessons for a future world order.

Panel Chair: Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen



Job Title

Judith Hardt

Swiss Finance Council

Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce


Bepi Pezzulli

Select Milan


Robert  McDowall

States of Alderney

Chairman, Policy and Finance Committe


10:45 - 11:15       Coffee

11:15 - 12:00       The Blockchain Revolution – Separating the Hype from Reality

Blockchain technology has the potential to bring about a major transformation in the financial markets. Blockchain technology facilitates transactions and collaborations among participants, who have no information about or confidence in each other, making transactions more efficient, faster and simpler, without the need to resort to a neutral and trusted central counterparty. 


Panel Chair: Philip Stafford, Financial Times, Editor, FT Trading Room



Job Title

Vinay Gupta



Peter Randall



Johan Toll


Head of Blockchain Strategy, Market Technology

Brian Donegan

‎Isle of Man Department of Economic Development

Head of Operations - Fintech & Digital Development

Andersen Cheng




12:00 - 12:15       Kamala Buchholz, PwC, Director, Global Clients and Markets, Financial Services

12:15 - 13:00       Trading across Borders

Multi-asset class trading is growing and in this environment one of the challenges is marrying regulation to trading. Many trading strategies are multi-asset, and the trend toward a more multi-asset trading mix is clear. The move from old-style dual-asset to modern multi-asset trading is well underway on the sell side. Alongside this trend towards trading any asset, so long that it is profitable, what else is happening in the world of trading? Who is disintermediating whom? Who is using technology to the best advantage? Is the race moving to the swift, to the nimble, to the data engineers, the quants, the math kids? Why hire expensive carbon based lifeforms when you can use clever nerds armed with enhanced silicon.

Panel Chair: Richard Balarkas, Non Executive Director, Bats Trading



Job Title

Toby Young


Head of Hydrocarbons

Kee-Meng Tan

BNP Paribas

Head of Electronic Execution Strategy

David Feltes

African Advisory Partners


Sergio Gullo


Chief Representative EMEA


13:00 - 14:00       Lunch


14:00 - 14:15       Keynote Address: Mark Yeandle,  Manager Financial Centre Futures, Z/Yen Group

14:15 - 15:00       The Business of Exchange Groups

As the regulatory trend is for markets to become more transparent, global exchange groups are listing each other's products, with global products being traded regionally. The combination of these trends is fragmenting markets and leading to markets becoming more fragmented. With fragmented markets, the demand for data goes up as people try to put those markets back together. And now Exchanges as well as producing market data and consuming market data are now acquiring market data businesses as well as assets of information vendors. What next in this business of exchange groups? And how will changes in train from regulators and regional groupings such as the EU have an impact on the business of exchange groups? The value of shares in the world’s largest exchange groups has risen by 13% in 2015, according to the FTSE Mondo Visione Exchanges Index. In contrast, the S&P 500 has remained broadly flat in the same period, as has the performance of many bank stocks. What is the outlook for Exchange Groups? Who is making the running and setting the pace? What next for exchange groups as they look to boost their revenue streams by accessing new markets and products? 

Panel Chair: Ruben Lee, CEO, Oxford Finance Group



Job Title

Anish Puaar

Rosenblatt Securities

Market Structure Analyst

Cees Vermaas

CME Europe


Arnaud Giblat


Managing Director, Research Analyst

Brendan Bradley

Hub Exchange

Advisory Board Member 


15:00 - 15:45       The changing FX Marketplace

FX is become quite a Hotspot for exchanges. Deutsche Börse acquired FX spot and swaps-trading platform 360T for EUR725 million in July 2015, while BATS bought HotSpot FX from broker KCG in January 2015 for USD365 million. Nasdaq is said to be planning to launch a platform for foreign exchange trading which it says would make the USD5 trillion-a-day global market more transparent and would diversify its own business. BATS plans to expand HotSpot into other institutional FX products "such as forwards, swaps and options". It also plans to "explore additional non-transactional revenue sources including market data and connectivity charges" for the platform. BATS may also decide to launch a swap execution facility version of the platform. Is this Deja Vu all over again? In 2007, Reuters and CME launched FXMarketSpace, the world's first centrally-cleared, global foreign exchange (FX) marketplace. According to Reuters and the CME, FXMarketSpace signalled the next phase in the evolution of the global FX market. It didn't. Also in 2007, Bloomberg launched an electronic foreign exchange platform called Bloomberg Tradebook FX using liquidity provided by AIG International Inc. You don't hear much of Bloomberg Tradebook FX these days. However, the world has changed a lot since 2007. The FX market has come under renewed scrutiny in recent years as regulators around the globe probed allegations of manipulation that has led to five major banks agreeing to plead guilty to felony charges, and pay fines of more than USd2.5 billion. The criticism of banks and the fines show the market is not as transparent and compliant as it could be so perhaps it is time for the FX market to be organised more like a stock market. Is it? 

Panel Chair: Eva Szalay, Editor FX Week



Job Title

Lucian Lauerman

Saxo Bank

Head  of API Business

Jon Vollemaere



Marco Baggioli

ADS Securities


Dan Marcus




15:45 - 16:00       Coffee

16:00 - 16:45       FinTech, innovation, growth and disruptive change in financial markets

Multi-asset trading is increasing as market participants seek to apply complex strategies across equities, fixed income, futures, options and foreign exchange. Everyone is trying to get down to one platform that handles multi-assets, multi-currencies, multi-function. As markets evolve there is a growing need for, scalable, flexible and cost-effective electronic platforms that allow firms to compete in a globalized and competitive financial industry.

Panel Chair: Martin Watkins, EMEIA Lead for Exchanges and FMIs, EY



Job Title

Mack Gill



Johan Toll


Head of Blockchain Strategy, Market Technology

Chris Lees



Hirander Misra




16:45 - 17:30       The dangerously exciting world of Post-Trade

Technology, which is at the heart of post-trade services, has made securities services more efficient. Regulators in the post-crisis era have ensured that the industry has made a lot of effort to create a safe, stable infrastructure. However, should the market proceed with caution when it comes to implementing new technologies, such as blockchain, in the industry in order to improve the efficiency of processes? After all, 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'. Or does the disruptive potential trump all in this world of growing multi-asset trading, and increasing complexity.

Panel Chair: Simon Davies, Senior Consultant, The Field Effect



Job Title

Danny Corrigan

Financial Services Negotiation Forum

Executive Committee Member

Andrew Simpson


Head of Post Trade

Paul Symons


Head of Government Relations

Michael Mueller

Form3 Financial Cloud


Gustaf von Boisman

Nasdaq Clearing

Director, Business Development


17:30 - 17:45       Chairman’s Closing Remarks


Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen


18:00 - 19:30       Cocktail Reception